CUA falls to Juniata 4-2 in Landmark Conference action

Catherine Mirsky
Catherine Mirsky

WASHINGTON – Down 3-0 to Juniata on Saturday the CUA field hockey team rallied to pull within 3-2 early in the second half, but that was as close as the Cardinals would get as they fell to the Eagles 4-2 inside Cardinal Stadium.  With the loss CUA falls to 9-2 overall and 1-2 in the Landmark Conference.

CUA was credited with nine shots on the afternoon, while the Eagles were credited with eight.  The Cardinals held a decided advantage in penalty corners as they were awarded 17 to Juniata's 11. 

In goal for CUA Megan Communale sent back one shot and Eagles goalkeeper Moira Nugent stopped three shots.

"We just did not come out ready to play today," Cardinals head coach Gia Cillizza said afterwards.  "We did not play our best hockey in the first half and it cost us."  She continued, "You can't come out the way we did and expect to win against a good team like Juniata.  When we did decide to finally start playing, it was too late, and the deficit was too much to overcome."

She added, "I thought Abby Banholzer did a great job off the bench for us.  She came in and really provided us with a nice spark, which was great to see."

The Eagles jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Kim Amrod scored off an assist from Paula Pierce just 2:54 into the contest.  CUA got its first shot off 7:32 into the contest, which came from Meredith Chandler, but her attempt was blocked.  Chandler's second shot, two minutes later, went wide and the score remained 1-0.

With 16 minutes gone in the opening half the Eagles made it a 2-0 game when Meghan McGlone took a feed from Jaqueline Hoozemans and found the back of the cage. 

Soon after the score, Kendall Petschauer took a shot for CUA, but Nugent made the save. 

At the 28 minute mark Juniata went up by three scores off a Molly Synder goal, which came following a penalty corner.  Only 41 seconds later however, CUA cut into the Eagles lead when Catherine Mirsky was awarded a penalty stroke and beat Nugent to make it a 3-1 game. 

With under two to play in the half the Cardinals were awarded a penalty corner, but Tracey Scanlon's shot was blocked, and soon after the teams retired for halftime with CUA trailing 3-1.

The Cardinals came out aggressive in the second half as Mary Swarthout got things started just 35 seconds in with a shot.  Her attempt went wide, but CUA was then awarded three straight penalty corners.  Off the final corner, Caroline Reilly got free for a shot, but her attempt was saved.

At the 43:41 mark Chandler got the CUA crowd into it when she scored off a Swarthout assist and the Cardinals were down just one at 3-2.

CUA continued to look for the equalizer as Scanlon took a shot at the 51:42 mark but Nugent made the save.  The Cardinals remained on the attack however, and were awarded four penalty corners in a row, but they were unable to cash in on their chances.

As the game neared the final minutes, Caroline Phillips all but sealed things for the Eagles with her score off a penalty corner at the 67:12 mark.  Amrod assisted on the goal as Juniata ran its conference record to 4-0.

The Cardinals remain at home and will return to action on Tuesday, October 12 when they play host to St. Mary's inside Cardinal Stadium.  Game time is set for 6:00 and all of the action will be shown live on